Community Programs and Services

The CJFHC Planning Committee provides oversight for the development of services and programs that are tailored to the individual needs of the localities, communities, and neighborhoods of the central region. Service needs are identified through a variety of data sources, including hospital, agency, state, and national databases; as well as the experiences, feedback, and recommendations from community members, coalition members, outreach staff, and other stakeholders. Based on an extensive review of this information, the CJFHC Planning Committee recommends programs and strategies that combine evidence-based methods with the expertise of community members. Such strategies might include implementing new progams or expanding existing programs to target groups such as community members, health care professionals, and agency staff.

Bereavement Services

“There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world.”  Author Unknown

If you are grieving parent or family member, please accept our sincere sympathy.  The death of a child, whether during pregnancy or infancy can be very difficult and women and families may experience different feelings and emotions over time.  Many families do not know where to turn for resources to help them navigate the grief process.  Central Jersey Family Health Consortium has created a list of resources for our community to assist families in finding support.  Often, in the time after a loss, questions may arise in the weeks or months to come. CJFHC has a nurse on staff that is available to provide information and support specific to your concerns.  We would like to invite you to participate in the Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR), a program of the Consortium funded by the NJ Department of Health.

What is Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR)?
FIMR is a program developed by national experts who were concerned about the problems of fetal deaths (stillbirths) and infant deaths (babies up to their 1st birthday). The FIMR program hopes to:

  • Describe the problems or issues that may be related to those deaths in your area; and
  • Work with our community to make changes that will improve the health of infants and children.

How do you participate?
We want to hear your voice, thoughts and reflections. What you have to say is very important to us and CJFHC can accommodate you by:

  • A nurse or social worker meeting you at your home or location of your choice;
  • You can call CJFHC and speak to one of our nurses and complete a questionnaire; or
  • Complete questionnaire and mail it to our office. 

Who can participate?
Parents who have experienced the death of their baby (from 20 weeks in pregnancy to 1 year of age), in the past year and a half can participate. Resources and information are available to all families who have experienced the death of their baby.

What do we do with the information?
The information we gather is so important to understanding the lives of woman and families who experience the death of their baby and how they can be assisted.  By talking with each family in our region, we learn from their experiences so that we can help other families and promote needed changes in care and services in our region. 

We understand this can be a sensitive subject. Be assured that our nurses and social workers are trained in providing care and have extensive experience working with bereaved families and can assist in providing resources/referrals to support programs in our area.  Women who have participated in this program have told us that they found it helpful to share their story and hope that the information will help other families in the future.

Is this process confidential?
The information you provide with be kept confidential.  Your name, the hospital name, and the name of those who provided you and your baby care will not be shared.  The information you provide will be reviewed by a Regional Health Care Team, but your identity will be kept confidential.

We hope you decide to participate in this valuable program.  To receive more information or request a meeting with one of our professional staff, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 732-363-5400 Ext. 128.   

Comenzando Bien

Becoming a Mom/Comenzando Bien is a bilingual curriculum developed by the March of Dimes, designed for pregnant women to learn about having a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby in a supportive group setting.  Our program, which serves women in Hunterdon County, is focused on identifying and supporting the fast growing population of low income, uninsured, Hispanic immigrant families that may face challenges to accessing health care services. 

Each group session, which meets at the Family Success Center in Flemington, is facilitated by a Community Health Worker, who brings together women with similar due dates to meet for nine sessions.  These meetings follow the March of Dimes curriculum that educates women on nutrition, stress, labor, delivery and newborn care.  In addition to these group meetings the Community Health Worker is also promoting and providing preconception, prenatal and interconception education throughout the county.

Early Intervention

The Mid-Jersey CARES (Collaboration, Advocacy,Resources, Education and Services) for Special Children Collaborative is a Regional Early Intervention Collaborative (REIC) whose goal is to help strengthen and improve early intervention services for children with special needs, ages birth to 3, and their families.

Click here to learn more. For information about resources and services for your child under age 3, call statewide, toll-free 888-653-4463.

Improving Pregnancy Outcomes

The Improving Pregnancy Outcomes Program works to promote women's health regardless of her pregnancy plans, across her reproductive lifespan, in an effort to improve health and pregnancy outcomes for women and their families.  The program uses Community Health Workers to provide education and support; connect women to preconception care if not pregnant, to early prenatal care if pregnant, and to social support services that encourage healthy behaviors to improve health outcomes.

Community Health Educators act as a "bridge" connecting women to providers and services in their community.  Community Health Workers conduct outreach in targeted neighborhoods, provide educational workshops and group activities, and offer case management services to women not currently connected to care.

Community Health Workers work with women to:

  • Enroll in health insurance
  • Identify needs and connect to community services
  • Develop supports and social norms that facilitate healthy behaviors

Monmouth and Ocean County Central Intake

Central Intake provides women and families in Monmouth and Ocean Counties with information and referral to a variety of resources within their communities.  The program assists women in accessing the most appropriate services for their needs.  Connection to resources and services such as WIC and nutrition, case management, evidence based home visitation programs, child care, smoking cessation, and housing are provided to address individual needs and promote healthy lifestyles.  To obtain information on resources in these counties, please contact Central Intake at 732-363-5400.

 

Parent and Home Visitor Connection

Parent and Home Visitor Connection provides pregnant women and parents with early linkages to evidence-based home visitation services and other community-based programs. The Connection works to improve coordination among home visitation providers, develop uniform client data collection and analysis, and provide linkages to other supportive services in the region.

Other Home Visitation programs include:

• Healthy Families—Perth Amboy
• Healthy Families—TANF Initiative for Parents (TIP) Program
• Nurse Family Partnership
• Parent—Child Home Program
• Somerset County Parents as Teachers (PAT) Program

Perinatal Addiction Prevention

As part of the statewide Perinatal Addictions Prevention Project, education is provided for professionals and consumers regarding substance use before, during, and after pregnancy.

Education focuses on prevention and risk reduction to improve the health of women and children and their families. An Advisory Committee has also been established to address and coordinate Perinatal Addictions services, and provide education throughout the central region of New Jersey. This committee is comprised of professionals from treatment settings, prenatal care facilities, DYFS, Drug Court, and other community services.

In addition, a Coalition for Opioid Dependence and Pregnancy has been established to bridge gaps in services for pregnant women suffering with opioid addiction, to provide networking opportunities and current information regarding services and scientific findings. The Perinatal Addiction Prevention Project (PAPP) has also established a 6 week smoking cessation curriculum for women in their child bearing years. The content is supportive and didactic. In conjunction with the consumer groups, Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRTs) will be prescribed as needed by qualified health care professionals. PAPP also promotes the use of a prenatal screening tool, called 4Ps Plus, for alcohol, tobacco, other drugs and domestic violence. The tool also offers appropriate intervention to address these maternal and fetal risk factors.

Resources:

Smoking Affects Your Baby

El Fumar Afecta a su Bebe

Understanding Methadone and Pregnancy for Family and Friends

Entendiendo la Metadona y el Embarazo para la Familia y Amigos

Perinatal Mood Disorders

Postpartum Depression (PPD) and other Perinatal Mood Disorders (PMD) are illnesses that can affect women and their families during pregnancy and after delivery. In New Jersey, 1 in 8 women are at risk for developing PPD. Because of the significance of this disorder, state law requires that women be educated about PMD during pregnancy, and screened for PPD before discharge from the hospital and during postpartum visits.

Through funding from the Department of Health, Central Jersey Family Health Consortium (CJFHC) offers The Perinatal Mood Disorder Phone Follow-up Program. This program assists women identified to be at risk, linking them to local and state resources, such as support groups and mental health counseling services. A bilingual staff member is available for Spanish-speaking women. CJFHC phone follow up services are not of a clinical nature and no direct mental health counseling is provided. The goals of the program are to expand community resources for mothers at risk and to support hospitals and other health care providers' efforts in providing information to women and their families concerning available support and treatment resources.

Resources:

Postpartum Depression: After a Loss

Depresion Posparto: Despues de una Perdida

Emotional Health Resources: A Guide to Providers in Central New Jersey

New Mother Support Groups in Central New Jersey

Grupos de Apoyo en Espanol para Nuevas Madres en Central New Jersey

Consent PMD Follow-Up (English/Spanish)

PPD Materials Order Form

Safe Kids NJ

Safe Kids New Jersey, led by CJFHC and founded by Johnson & Johnson, is one of more than 600 grassroots coalitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico that bring together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families. For more information visit: http://safekidsnewjersey.com/

Strong Start: CenteringPregnancy® Group Prenatal Care

Strong Start is a federal grant project that delivers enhancing prenatal group care to women on or eligible for Medicaid who are at-risk for preterm birth.  This program offers CenteringPregnancy® prenatal care in groups.

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What is CenteringPregnancy®?

Centering is a unique way to receive care while pregnant because it combines health assessment, education, and social support in each visit.  Participants get to meet other moms-to-be and get to share their pregnancy experience with new "mom friends."

Groups of about 10 women with similar due dates meet for up to 10 sessions for about 2 hours each.  Each session includes a Mom and Baby health check up with the physician, discussion and learning, time to share with other women, and healthy snacks.  All sessions are prescheduled for convenience, and there is no waiting because groups start and end on time!

 If you want to enhance your pregnancy experience and have fun at your prenatal visits, CenteringPregnancy® could be the perfect fit for you!

Strong Start Group Prenatal Care Brochure: Bilingual English/Spanish

Top 10 Reasons to Join A CenteringPregnancy® Group Poster

Below is a listing of CenteringPregnancy® provider sites in New Jersey.  Contact the site closest to you to find out if you are eligible to participate.

Newark Community Health Centers

  • Newark (Ludlow Street): 973-565-0355
  • Newark (Jefferson Street): 973-522-0570
  • Newark (Broadway): 973-483-1300
  • Irvington: 973-465-2828
  • East Orange: 973-675-1900

Jewish Renaissance Medical Center, Perth Amboy: 732-376-6600

St. Peter's University Hospital, Women's Ambulatory Health, New Brunswick: 732-745-8600 Ext. 8520

Capital Health Regional Medical Center, Women's Ambulatory Health, Trenton: 609-394-6000

Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Jane H. Booker Family Health Center, Neptune: 732-869-5721

JFK Family Practice, Edison: 732-321-7487

Rutgers Medical School/University Hospital, Newark: 973-972-6220

 

Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP®), is a comprehensive, evidence-based youth development strategy that promotes the positive development of adolescents through a combination of curriculum-guided group discussion and community service learning. Through rigorous evaluation TOP® has been proven to reduce the risk of teen pregnancy, school suspensions and course failure and is recognized nationally as a leading model in youth development. 

As a Certified National Replication Partner CJFHC trains TOP® Facilitators to use the Changing Scenes © Curriculum to help teens aged 12-19 develop healthy behaviors, life skills and a sense of purpose.  CJFHC partners with School Based Youth Services, Community Based Organizations, Hospitals and School Districts to implement 40 TOP® Clubs at 23 sites in Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean Counties.  Check out what TOP® has to offer at  http://wymancenter.org/nationalnetwork/top/.

In order to participate, students must attend a school where a TOP® Club is being implemented and they must be in the grade level that is being targeted which differs from school to school. This program is free for students. TOP® operates from September through June.  Enrollment is open over the summer and through October.  In order for teens to get the full benefit of the program students cannot join TOP® after October. Please click a link below to get more information and resources.

Central Jersey Family Health Consortium staff, Jennie Blakney discusses the positive impact of the Teen Outreach Program® as well as her personal experience as a TOP® teen over 20 years ago. Click here to view video.

Information for Students

Information for Parents

The surveys below are required as part of the evaluation of the Personal Responsibility Education Project (PREP) which funds the Teen Outreach Program (TOP®) in your school district.  PREP is funded by the New Jersey Department of Health and the Family and Youth Services Bureau.  For more information on PREP please visit http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/resource/prep-fact-sheet

The links below allow parents/guardians to review the survey teens are being asked to complete.  No identifiable information is collected from the teens. Teens can skip any question they do not want to answer and still fully participate in the program.

Surveys for students in The Teen Outreach Program (TOP®):  The surveys listed below are used to capture behavioral information on teens who are participating in TOP®.  This information will help determine if the program is helping teens develop healthy behaviors and life skills. 

Middle School:
NJ PREP Pre-Evaluation / NJ PREP Post-Evaluation

High School:
NJ PREP Pre-Evaluation / NJ PREP Post-Evaluation

Surveys for students NOT in TOP®:  The surveys listed below are used to capture behavioral information on teens who are not participating in TOP®.  This information will help compare the behaviors of teens who are participating in TOP® with teens who are not participating in TOP® to determine if there is a difference in the development of healthy behaviors and life skills. 

Middle School:
NJ PREP Pre-Evaluation / NJ PREP Post-Evaluation

High School:
NJ PREP Pre-Evaluation / NJ PREP Post-Evaluation

If you are interested in your teen participating in TOP® please call Jennie Blakney at 732-363-5400, Ext. 115.